An Excessive Heat Watch has been issued for a large portion of the state from Thursday, August 13, 2020 through next Wednesday, August 19, 2020. Dangerously hot conditions are possible, with temperatures from 98 to 118 degrees. Hottest temperatures will be in the deserts and the Inland Empire. Warm overnight low temperatures will provide little relief in structures without air conditioning.
Heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur due to prolonged exposure to hot temperatures, even to the general population. People most vulnerable include those who spend lots of time outdoors, those without air conditioning, those wearing restrictive PPE equipment in outdoor settings or settings without air conditioning, young children, the elderly and those with chronic illness.
Additionally, forecasted fire potential over the next seven days has been increased due to high temperatures and high wind conditions in parts of the Central Valley and Southern Inland Empire. No Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events have been issued at this time.
A few things you can do to prepare for the hot temperatures:
- Avoid prolonged exposure being outdoors.
- Drink plenty of liquids to stay hydrated.
- Stay in air-conditioned rooms.
- Leave pets indoors, if possible.
- Never leave children, pets, or elderly in an unattended vehicle, even for a short period of time.
For more information, 24/7 Weather updates can be obtained from the National Weather Service.